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					Your Thinking

An Inventory
Your Thinking Preference
                                                                               An Inventory

                             Right Brain – Left Brain Inventory

Complete the inventory below. For each item, circle the choice that most closely describes
your attitudes, behaviours or preferences.

1.    When you walk into a theatre, classroom, or auditorium, if there are no other
      influential factors, which side do you prefer to sit on?

      a.    Right
      b.    Left

2.    If told you must adopt one of the following two professions, which would you choose?

      a.    Mathematician
      b.    Dancer

3.    Do you often have hunches?

      a.    Yes
      b.    No

4.    When you have hunches, do you follow them?

      a.    Yes
      b.    No

 Reprinted with permission from Dr. Adele Ducharme, Department of Middle Grades
Education, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA. 31698.

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5.    Do you have a place for everything and everything in its place?

      a.    Yes
      b.    No
      c.    Sometimes

6.    In learning a dance step, which is easier for you?

      a.    To learn by imitating other people and getting the feel of the music
      b.    To learn the sequence of movements and talk your way through the steps
      c.    To do both of the above

7.    Do you like to move your furniture several times a year, or do you prefer to keep the
      same arrangement?

      a.    Keep
      b.    Move

8.    Can you tell approximately how much time has passed without a watch?

      a.    Yes
      b.    No
      c.    Sometimes

9.    Is it easier for you understand algebra or geometry?

      a.    algebra
      b.    geometry

10.   Is it easier for you to remember people’s names or their faces?

      a.    Names
      b.    Faces
      c.    Both

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11.   When given the topic, “school”, would you prefer to express your feelings through
      drawing or writing?

      a.    Drawing
      b.    Writing

12.   When someone is talking to you, do you respond to the words’ meanings, or do you
      respond to the person’s pitch and tone?

      a.    Words’ meanings (what is said)
      b.    Word pitch (how it is said)

13.   How much do you use your hands when you speak?

      a.    Few gestures
      b.    Many gestures

14.   When reading or studying, do you prefer to listen to music or to have quiet?

      a.    Quiet
      b.    Music

15.   Is it easier for you to read the main ideas or to read for specific details?

      a.    Main ideas
      b.    Details

16.   Do you do your best thinking lying down or sitting erect?

      a.    Sitting erect
      b.    Lying down

17.   Do you feel more comfortable saying or doing spontaneous things or saying or doing
      well-reasoned things?

      a.    Spontaneous things
      b.    Well-reasoned things

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18.   Which of the following is true of you?

      a.    In math, I can explain how I got the answer.
      b.    In math, I can get the answer, but I cannot explain how.

19.   The same information on Mapping is presented below in two different formats. Which
      format do you prefer?

      a.    List format
      b.    Graphic format

       What is a map?                     Uses of maps
       - Graphic outline                  - writing
       - Uses key words                   - organizing
       - All language arts                - reading
       - Especially writing               - speaking, listening
       - Integrates both hemispheres      - note taking

       How to make a map                  Advantages
       - select topic                     - learned easily
       - brainstorm                       - complete structure
       - categorize                       - non-linear
       - autobiography                    - shows inter-relationships
       - group work                       - idiosyncratic


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20.   In note taking, do you ever print?

      a.    Frequently
      b.    Never
      c.    Sometimes

21.   Sit in a relaxed position and clasp your hands comfortably in your lap. Which thumb is
      on top?

      a.    Left
      b.    Right
      c.    Parallel

22.   When it comes to bending the rules, how do you usually feel?

      a.    Rules are meant to be broken
      b.    Rules are meant to be followed
      c.    Progress comes through challenging rules when necessary

23.   What does your work area look like?

      a.                                          b.

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Now that you have completed the questionnaire, shade in your answers on the brain diagram
below. Shade in the sections of the brain that correspond to your answers. If your response
is c, shade responses on both sides of the brain (e.g., if your answer for item 5 is c, shade in
both 5a and 5b). Feel free to use colored pencils if you would like to, and if you have some.

You should have a minimum of 23 answers. If you have any c answers you will have more than
23 answers, but not more than 30.

Left-brain total: _______________ Right-brain total: _______________

Total number of answers: _______________ (this should be between 23 and 30)

According to this questionnaire, are you left- or right-brain oriented? _____________

         Transfer your right brain – left brain preference into your Learning Preference
         Summary at the end of this module.
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Are you clearly inclined to the left or right? ______________

Or, are you balanced? _______________

Now you know your left brain – right brain preference. How does it affect your learning and
study habits? How can you best work your preferences into an optimal learning environment?

It is important that you use your preference. Are you right handed? Have you ever tried to
write with your left hand? How does it feel? Unnatural? Awkward? Frustrating? Trying to
work against your brain’s orientations can have the same bad results.

Below is a description of how left and right brained people tend to work:

   Neat, organized desk                            Cluttered desk
   Daily work schedules                            Flexible hours
   Work on one job at a time                       Jump form project to project
   Work independently                              Work with others
   Work steadily                                   Work in bursts of energy
   Work to a plan                                  Procrastinate

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